Mary’s Shelter: Homeschooling moms offer room, hope to pregnant women, 26 March 2008, Catholic Online, Bakersfield, California
Maryâ€™s Shelter is unique, explained Kathleen Wilson, one of three initiators of the apostolate that allows parishes around the diocese to sponsor women and their unborn babies.
Wilson, a parishioner of St. Matthew in Spotsylvania, and fellow home-schooling moms Theresa Rosseau and Christine Taraschke started the program, which has already hosted 10 women in the last year, four in the last two months.
Apartments and houses are rented and furnished and pantries are filled with groceries, all for women to live in while they prepare to become independent. Parishes that sponsor the women are given bimonthly updates and opportunities to write letters and visit the women, who are given saint names for parishes to protect their privacy.
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